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Ocean : Here Where Nothing Grows

One of the neatest things about this album is stated well in a piece of text printed inside: "This album has been mastered to be played at a higher volume." This music is intended to be played loud, and (in my opinion) that is the only way that this CD can be properly played. It also needs a proper sub-woofer to give the bass the sound it deserves.

There are many ways to describe the music of Ocean. They have the sound imagery of Pelican, but the slow, crushing sludgyness of Corrupted. If you like both these bands and more bass than you can cut with a knife, then you'll most likely find yourself in a really sweet spot when placed between two speakers playing this CD on high volume.

But there are more facets to Ocean than this. While they are somewhat minimalistic, they remain somewhat melodic and majestic as well. All of this while the music is filled with deep, soothing bass. With this they prove that the sound doesn't ned to be heavy at all times for the bass to fill your soul. On the contrary, even the not so heavy bass seems like it's omnipresent, filling the room.

Yet, while it's relaxed, the music has left no room for anything hopeful. It's not intensively depressive, but it's gloomy for sure. All these different elements almost make Ocean a jack-of-all-trades within sludge. They would have been, except that the music isn't particularily ugly. This means that the music isn't as extreme as that of genre-fellows Grief or Corrupted. Ocean still often play quite raw music, but they don't dabble much in the same niche as those two.

I have given this CD a lot of positive comments. This is probably because I'm a big fan of YOB, and this CD will most certainly appeal to fans of the later stuff of just that band. I like the long, slow headbanging that Ocean offer and I'm pretty sure many others will too.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. First Reign
2. Salt
3. The Fall

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

Visit the Ocean bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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